Celtics season preview

One last run for the Big Three?

The Celtics veterans know how to stay resilient once they get to the playoffs. The trick will be to arrive in the postseason with momentum and energy to burn.

Paul Pierce says he knows he needs a second championship ring to be remembered among the best players in Celtics history.

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Paul Pierce needs second title to cement legacy

Pierce’s career already places him among the all-time great Celtics in terms of numbers. But he knows he can’t really join that club until he earns a second ring.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/mp23garnett111--90x90.jpg Kevin Garnett focusing on the here and now

What happens with Garnett after this abbreviated season, when he becomes a free agent, is unknown, and both the Celtics and Garnett are comfortable with that.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Advance/Images/celtics4--90x90.jpg For Doc Rivers, Celtics were the only team

Rivers turned down the chance to go back to TV or join another NBA team after last season. Why? He has more business he wants to accomplish with the Big Three.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/BAF15ALLEN1--90x90.jpg Ray Allen’s legs ready to run for Celtics

At 36, Allen prides himself on his conditioning. And he wants to spend the twilight of his career aiming for another championship.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin_celtsraptor1_spt21--90x90.jpg Five ways the Celtics can win the NBA title

Yes, they’re aging. And yes, they’re thin on the bench. But the Celtics can look to last year’s Mavericks as motivation that it’s still possible for them to win a title.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2011/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Celtics%20Media%20Day%20Basketball.JPEG-00727--90x90.jpg Meet the 2011-12 Celtics

A capsule look at the players the Celtics will carry on the roster going into the 2011-2012 season.

Celtics notebook

Paul Pierce's status for opener still not finalized

Pierce took part in informal shooting drills at practice yesterday but whether he will play in the Celtics’ season opener Sunday has not been determined.

Who will win it all? Our NBA predictions

Bulls? Mavericks? Celtics? Our analysts make their picks for who will win the NBA title this season.

The Clippers may make a run for the playoffs with Chauncey Billups, left, and Chris Paul in tow.

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NBA preview 2011: Clippers are on the rise

Chris Paul’s arrival on Los Angeles’ “other” team has turned them into a hot commodity as Gary Washburn forecasts what will happen this season.

NBA spin-ahead: A look at all 30 teams

With the 2011-2012 NBA season tipping off, the Boston Globe examines the outlook for all 30 teams.